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March 19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$20 - $25

Wells Fargo | 333 Market, Annex Building, 1st Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

USAJAPAN-Banner_Final-01Please join us in “Building Community and Opportunity!”

The Japan Society of Northern California is pleased to announce the launch of a “Women’s Impact Network” (WIN). The theme of the network is “Building Community and Opportunity.” Engaging women in the workforce is a key issue for San Francisco/Silicon Valley and Japan. New research proves what we have known – diversity in the workforce can be a critical element for innovation, risk management and improved performance. We believe that a Women’s Impact Network meets a need in the Bay Area and together we can be a positive force for change.  
Our kick-off event features two prominent women who are having a direct impact on women in the US and in Japan. Emiko Higashi serves on the board of several Japanese and US companies. Diana Tidd is Head of Index with MSCI. You will hear about their career successes and challenges and the change they are making and witnessing.


Emiko Higashi, Tohmon Capital Partners, LLC

Emiko Higashi is a founder of Tohmon Capital Partners, LLC, a strategy and M&A advisory firm. She also serves on the board of KLA-Tencor (NASDAQ), Rambus (NYSE), Takeda Pharmaceutical (TSE), MetLife Insurance K.K., and Tara Health Foundation. She also serves on the Harvard Business School Global Advisory board, and on Datavant’s Advisory Board. Previously, Emiko was a co-founder/ CEO of Gilo Ventures, a VC fund based in Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv. She spent over 15 years in investment banking, last as a managing director in charge of global technology industry M&A at Merrill Lynch. Earlier she worked at Lehman Brothers and Wasserstein Perella in New York, and McKinsey in Tokyo.

Emiko brings a unique blend of strategic thinking and pragmatic M&A judgment, and large corporate and entrepreneurial processes in a global context. Emiko grew up in Japan, and received an MBA from Harvard University and BA from International Christian University in Tokyo.


Diana Tidd, MSCI

As Head of Index at MSCI, Diana Tidd is responsible for all aspects of product management and business strategy for the MSCI indexes. Diana is a member of MSCI’s Executive Committee and leads a global team. During her tenure at MSCI, Diana has served in a variety of roles, including Head of Americas Client Coverage for six years.

Mrs. Tidd is Co-President of Women in ETFs (WE) and serves on the Board of Directors of WE and West Africa Village Education (WAVE). In 2016, Diana was named by Money Management Executive as one of the Top Women in Asset Management. She is also a founder of MSCI’s global Women’s Leadership Forum. Diana graduated with a BA in Political Science from Colgate University and received a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies from Stanford University.


•  6:00 PM – 6:30 PM Networking & Registration
•  6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Presentation with audience Q&A
•  8:00 PM – 9:00 PM Networking & Reception
Light appetizers and drinks provided.

Our 2018 Women’s Impact Network Committee is looking forward to meeting you!

Tracy Gopal, Chair
Principal, Third Arrow Strategies

Michi Kaifu
CEO, Enotech Consulting

Kahori Matsui
Director, SoftBank Investment Advisers

Eriko Sekiya
Int’l Business, Translator, Author, Radio Host

Kenta Takamori
Executive Director, Silicon Valley Japan Platform


Purchase Tickets:

No refunds after Monday, March 12. Online registration closes at 12:00 PM on Monday, March 19. We anticipate this event may sell out. Walk-ins may be allowed space permitting.

Thank you to our sponsors for their generous support!

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March 19
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$20 - $25


Wells Fargo
333 Market, Annex Building, 1st Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105 United States
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(415) 986-4383